Electronic and Electrical Engineering MEng, BEng

Year of entry

2023 course information

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UCAS code
Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
4 years full time
Work placement
Study abroad
Typical A-level offer
AAA (specific subject requirements)
Typical Access to Leeds offer
Full entry requirements

Course overview

Two students working at a bench in the NXP lab in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

We live in an age where electronic and electrical products play a crucial role in almost every aspect of our lives. From the evolution of smartphones to the development of wind turbines, electronic and electrical engineers are at the forefront of providing technological advances that not only continue to innovate the world but also address many of the biggest challenges faced by society today.

Some of the world’s largest industries such as healthcare, energy and construction rely heavily on the creative and technical skills of electronic and electrical engineers to deliver sustainable solutions for the future — which is why this is such a relevant discipline and hugely sought after by many reputable organisations worldwide.

Studying electronic and electrical engineering at Leeds will equip you with the fundamental concepts and new skills used by modern engineers, taught by academics who are leaders in their fields. This will give you the key knowledge and experience you need to begin your career in this challenging, yet rewarding, field.

Why study at Leeds:

  • This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
  • Our School’s 100-year globally-renowned research activity has been responsible for engineering new technologies and creating pioneering industry-driven developments and feeds directly into your course, shaping your learning with the latest thinking.
  • Experience expert teaching delivered by a programme team made up of academics and researchers who specialise in a variety of electronic and electrical engineering disciplines.
  • Enjoy a more practical approach to learning, with access to our specialist facilities during your project work, including lecture theatres and labs featuring industry-standard equipment and the latest technology.
  • Enhance your career prospects and give your CV that competitive edge before you graduate with our industrial work placement opportunities. Our close industry links have given previous students the chance to work at — and build professional relationships with — organisations such as Amazon, Rolls-Royce and Sony.
  • Gain invaluable life experience and advance your personal development with our exciting study abroad programmes, spanning across universities worldwide.
  • Make the most of your time at Leeds by joining our student society ShockSoc where you can meet students on your course, attend high-quality technical visits, enjoy social events and get the chance to put theory into practice by participating in our own Robot Fighting League.

Integrated Masters

Learn more about what an integrated Masters is and how it can benefit your studies and boost your career.


Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

This integrated Masters programme (MEng, BEng) is accredited for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Course details

This course offers you the chance to learn the core fundamentals across electronic and electrical engineering, with a range of optional pathways, meaning you can tailor your degree to what interests you the most.  

You’ll develop your knowledge of the mathematical and scientific principles that underpin electronic and electrical engineering, as well as key topics like circuit design and communications networks. Specialist modules will allow you to build on this foundation in areas like power electronics, digital electronics, semiconductors and electric machines. 

Every year of your course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.

Ethics plays an integral role in the engineering practices of today, which is why you’ll study engineering ethics as part of your course. You’ll be taught by academics from the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, as well as your lecturers, covering a wide range of topics such as professionalism and codes of conduct, corporate social responsibility, engineering and responsibility, ethics in innovation and research ethics.

The ethics training will advance your critical thinking, communication and creative problem-solving skills which are crucial to employers, but it will also help you identify and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas that you may encounter in your professional life in the engineering industry.

Each academic year, you'll take a total of 120 credits.

Years 1 and 2

The first two years lay the foundations of your studies and give you a thorough understanding of key topics.

You'll learn about the physical principles that affect the function of electronic components and electrical systems, as well as circuit theory, digital electronics and embedded systems. You'll also study communications systems, power electronics and modules designed to improve your mathematical skills for engineering.

Year 3

You'll take more specialised modules that focus on topics such as digital communications, power systems and RF and microwave systems and circuits.

Year 4

You'll be able to further specialise in topics such as medical electronics, using renewable sources to generate electric power and wireless communications systems. You'll also undertake a substantial research project to apply what you have learned and gain knowledge of the electronics industry to help prepare you for professional life.

You'll have the opportunity to work with your supervisors throughout the project, who will be experts in their particular research area.

Recent projects include:

  • Autonomous search-and-rescue robot
  • 4G mobile system simulation
  • Aviation flight tracking receiver
  • Quadrocopter surveillance drone
  • Walking School Bus

One-year optional work placement or study abroad

During your course, you’ll be given the opportunity to advance your skill set and experience further. You can apply to either undertake a one-year industrial work placement or study abroad for a year, choosing from a selection of universities we’re in partnership with worldwide.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Circuit Analysis and Design – 20 credits

You'll be introduced to key electronic components, the basic concepts of electronic circuit analysis and design, and the basic principles of electronic circuit test and measurement.

Physics of Electronic Devices – 20 credits

During this module, you'll learn about the fundamental physical concepts that underpin the design and operation of electronic devices and electrical systems.

Introduction to Communication Systems – 20 credits

The fundamentals of communication systems will be covered. You'll learn about the different building blocks and protocols that are used to implement both wired and wireless communication links.

Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers – 20 credits

This module introduces you to the fundamentals of digital electronics and embedded systems, including underlying theories in digital electronics. You'll be equipped with practical design skills including proficiency in embedded systems programming.

Electronic Design Project – 10 credits

Develop essential skills in interpreting circuit diagrams, building the corresponding physical prototype and using laboratory instruments to test and evaluate the circuit. You'll also have an opportunity to learn important practical laboratory skills and engage in a team design project.

Engineering Mathematics – 20 credits

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the key mathematical principles necessary to underpin your education in engineering. On completion of this module, you should be able to apply mathematical methods, tools and notations to the analysis and solution of engineering problems, especially within the field of electronics and computer engineering.

Algorithms and Numerical Mathematics – 10 Credits

Introduces you to the concepts of logical algorithm design and numerical mathematics, and the application of logical algorithms to solve numerical mathematics problems.

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Electronic Circuits and Systems Design – 20 credits

Gain the necessary skills and knowledge to design and build a variety of electronic circuits and systems. This will include aspects of underlying circuit theory, simulation, and practical implementation.

Transistors and Optoelectronic Devices – 20 credits

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the properties of the semiconductor materials and devices used for transistors and optoelectronic devices. You'll gain an understanding of the principles of semiconductor physics, including an introduction to quantum mechanics and the design and analysis of important representative devices.

Communications Theory – 20 credits

Build on your knowledge and skills acquired in year 1 and be given more quantitative/analytical tools for the design of modern communications systems, including Fourier analysis and signal processing, as well as the statistical treatment of signals.

Embedded Systems Project – 20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to design a prototype product within a tightly constrained set of software tools and hardware components. The major objective is for you to develop proficiency in programming a state-of -the-art microcontroller to interface with sensors/actuators and a display, as required. You'll learn project management and presentation skills.

Power Electronics – 20 credits

Develop the appropriate analytical skills and knowledge to design electrical power systems and gain familiarity with the properties of the relevant semiconductor devices. You'll learn about the fundamentals of three-phase systems and power calculations.

Microprocessors and Programmable Logic – 20 credits

Building on the digital electronics covered in year 1, you'll be taught how to implement digital designs onto programmable hardware using industry-standard tools, as well as simulate and verify designs before and after implementation.

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

RF and Microwave Systems – 20 credits

Learn the principles of high-frequency electronic systems and the theory and practice of modern radiofrequency (RF) and microwave circuit design.

Control Systems – 20 credits

Gain an understanding of the theory and practice of control systems, including linear systems analysis using Laplace transforms and transfer functions, the transient response of feedback systems, and stability criteria.

Electric Machines – 20 credits

You'll be introduced to the basic principles of electromechanical conversion and focuses on DC and AC electric machines. You’ll gain an understanding of the operation of electric machines, starting from basic electromechanical conversion principles to their numerous applications and visiting different machine types. You’ll be taught the necessary skills to select and analyse appropriate electric machines for different applications.

Professional Studies – 10 credits

You'll be introduced to a variety of important aspects of working in industry and to the role of the engineer in society.

Individual or Group Project – 40 credits

Undertake a major technical project. You'll investigate and define a technical problem and develop a solution by employing the knowledge and skills gained in previous years of study. The project will afford you the opportunity to gain self-confidence in the context of a technical project; further develop verbal and written communication skills and enhance your technical knowledge.

Optional Modules

Choose one of the following optional modules.

Digital Media Engineering – 10 credits

Learn the principles of digital audio, images and video, and digital content transmission systems.

Digital Communications – 10 credits

You'll be introduced to the key principles of advanced digital communications systems, including pulse shaping, channel characteristics and multiple-access techniques in cellular mobile and optical communications systems.

Electric Power Systems – 10 credits

Learn about the fundamentals of power system modelling, analysis and operation. You’ll build an understanding of the various layers and components in modern power networks and how power systems are operated.

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

Modern Industry Practice – 15 credits

You’ll develop a detailed understanding of the global engineering industry to assist you in making appropriate career plans. Professional engineers need to have a sound knowledge of how the engineering industry operates, including the different roles within companies, the operation of supply chains, legal and contractual issues, and much more. This knowledge is also vital for individual career planning.

Individual or Group Project – 45 credits

You'll undertake a major project. It is an opportunity to tackle a research or development challenge in a project specialism within the area of your programme of study. You are required to investigate and define the problem and use available resources to develop a solution by employing the knowledge and skills gained in previous years of study.

Optional Modules

Refer to the course explanation section which gives a detailed explanation of the Year 4 pathways.

The MEng programme in Year 4 has three distinct pathways. You must choose four modules from the pathways below. Note you are only permitted to choose modules from the pathway you have chosen to study.

Electronic engineering pathway module options:

Integrated Circuit Design – 15 credits

Gain the knowledge, understanding and hands-on experience of VLSI design, primarily from a logic-circuit perspective, including an introduction to contemporary VLSI chips, such as CPLDs and FPGAs, and the associated hierarchical and top-down (HDL) design methodologies leading to increasing complexity.

Embedded Microprocessor System Design – 15 credits

Explore the options for advanced embedded system implementation and study the operation of System-on-Chip development systems. The module provides an opportunity to develop your skills in the use of contemporary design tools which support the optimization of embedded processor architectures.

Medical Electronics and E-Health –15 credits

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of how electronics technology is used in medical applications and healthcare, and to consider a range of likely future developments in this field.

FPGA Design for System-On-Chip – 15 credits

Get introduced to the design principles of modern FPGA systems using Hardware Description Languages and contemporary, industry-standard design tools.

Control Systems Design – 15 credits

Your knowledge and understanding of linear systems will be developed to enable you to analytically investigate control systems and simulate them using computer tools. You’ll have the opportunity to design and evaluate PID and compensator-based controllers using several analytical techniques. The principles of digital control systems and their analysis are introduced and methods for implementing digital control systems are developed.

Communications engineering pathway module options:

Wireless Communications Systems Design – 15 credits

Explore the principles which govern the physical layer of modern wireless communications systems, including the software tools needed to design and evaluate the systems and sub-systems which form a wireless communications system.

Cellular Mobile Communication Systems – 15 credits

You’ll study the operating principles of a broad range of cellular mobile systems and consider the challenges and direction of future developments in cellular mobile systems.

Optical Communications Networks – 15 credits

Learn about the essential elements of modern optical networks, which will provide you with knowledge of the optimisation methods used in optical network design, and the performance of optical fibre communication systems.

High Speed Internet Architecture – 15 credits

You’ll be provided with a basis for understanding, appreciating, and performing practical research and development in networking with a special emphasis on Internet routers and switches. It covers topics on the design, analysis, and performance evaluation of a wide range of network architectures, switches and Internet routers. You'll learn the architectural evolution of routers and switches, analyse their performance and hardware cost and gain insights into their limitations.

Data Communications and Network Security – 15 credits

Gain the knowledge and understanding of data communications networks and their use in a range of applications and to consider the need for network security and appropriate security measures.

Electrical engineering pathway module options:

Smart Grid Analysis – 15 credits

Get introduced to the concepts behind future sustainable electricity systems. You’ll gain a knowledge and understanding of the issues relating to the integration of distributed generators (including renewable sources), their control and protection methods, and tools to analyse their impact on the grid.

Power Electronics and Drives – 15 credits

This module gives you an opportunity to appreciate how power electronics can play a significant role in many engineering systems as well as to develop the knowledge and skills required by an engineer working in power electronics.

Electric Power Generation by Renewable Sources – 15 credits

Gain knowledge of sustainable electrical power generation using renewable energy harvesting technologies, with particular emphasis on electrical solar and wind power generation.

Electric Power Generation and Distribution – 15 credits

This module gives you an understanding of the various layers and components in modern electric power networks, of how power systems are operated in technical and economic terms as well as of the technological changes power systems will be facing in the years to come.

Control Systems Design – 15 credits

Your knowledge and understanding of linear systems will be developed to enable you to analytically investigate control systems and simulate them using computer tools. You'll have the opportunity to design and evaluate PID and compensator-based controllers using several analytical techniques. The principles of digital control systems and their analysis are introduced and methods for implementing digital control systems are developed.

Learning and teaching

As an engineering student at Leeds, we ensure that you benefit from a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, small group tutorials and practical lab work.

Laboratory classes and project work allows you to gain first-hand experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real-life work situations. Together, they will equip you with in-depth knowledge, key practical skills and transferable skills that will help you secure a graduate job. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.

You’ll be assigned an academic personal tutor to guide you through your studies, and you’ll receive support from fellow students through our peer mentoring scheme. Peer mentors are students who are on your course but are in years 2 and 3. They’ll help you when you arrive at University and throughout your first year. You’ll meet your peer mentors during your first week for a social activity.

Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for your programme and modules.

You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Most modules are assessed by more than one component. These components can include written examinations held at the end of each year, in-class and online tests, example sheets, assignments, and coursework in the form of reports, projects, presentations and posters.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including Mathematics.

Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), International Project Qualification (IPQ) and Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (ASCC): We recognise the value of these qualifications and the effort and enthusiasm that applicants put into them, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ, IPQ or ASCC we may make an offer of AAB at A-Level (any required subjects such as Mathematics must still be at grade A).

GCSE: English Language at grade C (4) or above, or an appropriate English language qualification. We will accept Level 2 Functional Skills English in lieu of GCSE English.

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction (including an appropriate number Mathematics modules) and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.


D*DD (RQF) with Distinctions in all Mathematics units including Maths and Further Maths (and/ or other appropriate maths units) plus a diagnostic Maths test. Some units may be optional on your BTEC but are required by the Faculty. Please contact us for further information.

Please note – there may be different requirements for the older QCF BTEC’s, please contact Admissions.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

18 points at Higher Level to include 5 in HL Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or 6 in HL Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2, including Mathematics.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AA at Advanced Higher level, including Mathematics and AABBB at Higher Level.

Other Qualifications

Engineering Diploma: A (plus A-level Mathematics at grade A or above).

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds A Level offer: ABB including Mathematics and dependant on successful completion of the Access to Leeds Scheme.

For alternative qualification offers please contact the admissions team.

If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a Studies in Science with Foundation Year BSc for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year BSc for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each section. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.


UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £30,250 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.


Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

We may consider applications submitted after the deadline. Availability of courses in UCAS Extra will be detailed on UCAS at the appropriate stage in the cycle.

Read our guidance about applying and writing your personal statement.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2024

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School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Admissions

Email: ugelec@leeds.ac.uk

Career opportunities

Because of the nature of the industry, the demand for high calibre electronic and electrical engineering graduates is huge and far-reaching, with the potential to take you all over the world.

Plus, University of Leeds students are among the top 10 most targeted by top employers according to The Graduate Market 2023, High Fliers Research, meaning our graduates are highly sought after by some of the most reputable companies in the field.

Qualifying with a degree in electronic and electrical engineering from Leeds will set you up with the core foundations you need to pursue an exciting career across a wide range of industries, including:

  • Energy
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Healthcare
  • Transport
  • Construction
  • Utilities
  • Automotive
  • Gaming
  • Telecommunications
  • Electronics and technology
  • Manufacturing

The breadth of knowledge and experience, along with the teamwork, design, problem-solving, communication and numerical and analytical skills taught on the course are widely transferable and desirable to a whole host of employers.

Here’s an insight into the job roles some of our graduates have obtained:

  • EMC Design Engineer, Apple
  • Electrical Power Engineer, E.ON
  • Software Engineer, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada
  • Senior Smart Grid Development Engineer, Northern Powergrid
  • Systems Engineer, BAE Systems
  • Research Engineer, Huawei Technology
  • Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Principal Engineer, Network Rail
  • Technologist, Rolls-Royce
  • Senior Radio Optimisation Engineer, O2
  • Senior Software Developer, Skype
  • Senior IT Project Manager, Vodafone Ltd
  • Validation Engineer, Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working.

Careers support

At Leeds, we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our Leeds for Life initiative is designed to help you develop and demonstrate the skills and experience you need for when you graduate. We will help you to access opportunities across the University and record your key achievements so you are able to articulate them clearly and confidently.

You will be supported throughout your studies by our dedicated Employability team, who will provide you with specialist support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and industrial placements, as well as graduate positions. You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers.

You will also have full access to the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

Studying abroad is a unique opportunity to explore the world, whilst gaining invaluable skills and experience that could enhance your future employability and career prospects too.

From Europe to Asia, the USA to Australasia, we have many University partners worldwide you can apply to, spanning across some of the most popular destinations for students.

This programme offers you the option to spend time abroad as an extra academic year and will extend your studies by 12 months.

Once you’ve successfully completed your year abroad, you'll be awarded the ‘international’ variant in your degree title which demonstrates your added experience to future employers. Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

The graduate recruitment market is highly competitive so it’s important that you stand out. An industrial placement could be the opportunity you need to impress potential employers and improve your chances of securing the career you want.

Benefits of a work placement year:

  • 100+ organisations to choose from, both in the UK and overseas

  • Build industry contacts within your chosen field

  • Our close industry links mean you’ll be in direct contact with potential employers

  • Advance your experience and skills by putting the course teachings into practice

  • Gain invaluable insight into working as a professional in this industry

  • Improve your employability

If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.

With the help and support of our dedicated Employability team, you can find the right placement to suit you and your future career goals.

Here are some examples of placements our students have recently completed:

  • Trainee Electronics Design Engineer, GKN Automotive Innovation Centre

  • Industrial Placement Microwave Engineer, Leonardo MW Ltd.

  • Analysis Engineer, Diodes Incorporated

Find out more about Industrial placements.

Student profile: Melissa Hartmann

It is focused on technology and innovation that will allow me to be creative and exposed to new ideas, and take challenging, rewarding problem-solving opportunities that can benefit peoples' lives.
Find out more about Melissa Hartmann's time at Leeds